Guilford High School

Won-Door at the heart of the new high school

 

Won-Door at the heart of the new high school

 

GUILFORD, CT. — In the new Guilford High School at 605 New England Road, there's a bow tie type of function in the center of things.Guilford High School

That's where the three specially curved Won-Door FireGuard doors play their part, separating and converging the egress access from the three levels of the atrium.

"The basic design of the building incorporated a curved sight line. The architect also designed the stairwells, where the Won-Doors were used, to have larger than usual landing areas," District Manager for the New England area, Jeremy Jasper, said. "Because of Won-Door's ability to supply egress accordion-style doors for large openings as well as radius construction, it made this a perfect application for the Won-Door fire door system.""guilford5

"It's right at the heart of the building," explained Jess Saylor, project architect with Tai Soo Kim Partners of Hartford, Connecticut. O&G/Fusco Joint Venture associates built the school that was designed by Tai Soo Kim Partners.

"The stairs are right past the knot.
Saylor said the Won-Door doors make it possible to secure the space and still open it up for the high volume of foot traffic.

The exit hardware — which is a feature of all Won-Door FireGuard products — allows someone trying to leave the area to push a paddle and prompt the door to open for a pre-programmed distance, pause for 4-5 seconds and then close again.

The dean of students at Guilford said this feature is popular. The door in the high school is programmed to open a five-foot window on demand and as needed for a short time.

The three-story, $92 million school building opened in September and replaces the existing high school in Guilford. It features a central commons area that doubles as a cafeteria and lobby for surrounding spaces and classrooms that adapt to a wide variety of teaching and learning modes.guilford3

Lorri Hahn, communications coordinator for the Board of Education, said the 208,000 square-foot school will house 1,153 students in grades 9-12.
guilford2Members of the current student body not only have had the chance to watch the new school take shape but signed their names on the last beam put into place at a "Topping off" ceremony on March 7, 2014.

The old school will be demolished with only the former science lab area saved for a re-purpose.